PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The BIG EAST Swimming & Diving season is well underway with five teams in action last week, racking up some impressive accomplishments.
Cincinnati – The Cincinnati swimming and diving teams had a break this week. In their last outings, the women’s team lost to Pittsburgh 177.5-65.5 Nov. 5 and beat West Virginia 162-130 Nov. 6, while the men’s team lost 172-71 to Pittsburgh Nov. 5 and 195-101 to West Virginia Nov. 6. The Cardinal women are 2-1 this season, while the men fell to 0-3. Both teams compete again Nov. 19 at the Purdue Invitational.
Connecticut - The Connecticut men's and women's swimming and diving teams traveled to Penn Nov. 13. The women fell 171.5-126.5, while the men beat Penn 175-125. Both teams are back in action Nov. 18-20 in the Terrapin Cup at Maryland.
Georgetown – The Georgetown swimming and diving teams had another break this week. In the last outing Oct. 29-30, the men’s team fell 224-127 to Connecticut and 190-150 to Villanova, while the women lost 257-96 to Connecticut, 226-127 to Rutgers and 273-80 to Villanova. The Hoyas compete again Nov. 19 in the Patriot Invitational in Fairfax, Va.
Louisville – The Cardinal men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams did not compete this week. In previous action, the teams won a combined 25 events Nov. 5 to sweep West Virginia. The men won 183-112 with the women prevailing 186-105. The Cardinals were paced by five swimmers and a diver, who posted two or more wins in individual events. Carlos Almeida won three races with firsts in the 100- and 200-breast and the 400-IM. Diver David Zamkov swept the 1- and 3-meter boards. Sprint specialist Brendon Andrews was tops in the 100-free and 100-back as well as anchoring the winning 400-free relay. For the women, Eszter Povazsay swept the 100- and 200-back and Aileen Cole won the 50- and 100-free. Both teams also recorded victories Nov. 6 over Pittsburgh as the men won 177-123, while the women won 190-109. The Cardinals are back in action Nov. 19 traveling to the Purdue Invitational.
Notre Dame – The Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team beat Utah 188.5-112.5 Nov. 12, while the men defeated Utah 184-116. The men’s team and the women’s diving team are back in action Dec. 3-5 at the Iowa Invitational, while the women’s swimming team competes are the U.S. Nationals in Columbus, Ohio Dec. 2-4.
Pittsburgh – Pitt took last week off, but travels to Rutgers for the three-day Super Splash Invitational, beginning Nov. 19. In Pitt’s last outing, four Panthers on the men’s side earned individual first-place performances in meets against Cincinnati and Louisville. That list included Andrzej Dubiel, Adam Maczewski, Zane McLain and Ben Solari.
In the latest collegeswimming.com lists, senior Andrzej Dubiel is No. 10 in the 50 free and sophomore Adam Maczewski is No. 11 in the 100 back. Both hold the best finish to-date in the Big East.
On the women’s side, the Panthers opened the season at 4-0 with a win over Cincinnati, but fell to Louisville the following day. In the meet against the Cards, freshman Julie Harrison recorded a season best in the 1,000 free when she skimmed nearly eight seconds off her previous best of the season. Additionally, Harrison would later win the 500 free with a time of 5:00.02.
Pitt dominated the freestyle events against Cincinnati. Junior Elena Spak won the 100 free, senior Tamara Lelli won the 200 free, freshman Julie Harrison won the 500 free and freshman Lauren Matevish won the 1,000 free. Spak, Lelli, sophomore Meghann McGoldrick and senior Kristen McMullan also combined on the winning 400 free relay that nearly broke a pool record when they touched the wall first for a season-best 3:30.91.
Providence - The Providence men’s swimming and diving team went 1-2 last week, falling to Boston College 172-87 Nov. 10. PC hosted a tri-meet Nov. 12-13. The men lost to Brown 157-61 and defeated Bryant 110.5-109.5, moving to a 1-5 mark this season. The women fell to 0-6 on the year, losing to Bryant 133-86 and to Brown 174-48. Both teams are back in action Nov. 17, hosting Rhode Island at 6 p.m. for Pink Out the Pool with all proceeds benefitting the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resources Foundation.
Rutgers - The Rutgers swimming and diving team traveled to West Virginia Nov. 13, losing to the Mountaineers 148-146. The Scarlet Knights are back in action Nov. 19-21, hosting the Frank Elm Invite.
Seton Hall – The Pirate women improved to 7-0 for the first time in school history, after beating St. Peter’s 163-93 Nov. 12. They are approaching their best record of 10-4 from the 1993-94 season. The Seton Hall men defeated St. Peter’s 169-123, improving to 6-1. Both teams compete again Nov. 19-21 at the Patriot Invitational in Fairfax, Va. Entering this weekend, 13 men and 13 women have already qualified for the BIG EAST Championships in February.
Syracuse – The Orange took a break this week. In previous competition, Syracuse faced Army and Marist Oct. 15 and Villanova and La Salle Oct. 22. Senior Kuba Kotynia, a 2009-10 qualifier in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes finished first in the 200-yard breaststroke at both meets this season and finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke at the Army/Marist Invitational. Senior Stephanie Lefebvre-Kuczynski has led the women, most recently finishing second in the 200-yard breaststroke against Villanova and La Salle with a 2:34.10. Both teams compete again Nov. 18-20, traveling to the Nike Cup Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Villanova – The Wildcats did not compete last week. During the last outing Oct. 29-30, Villanova participated in a four-team meet in Piscataway, N.J. The women’s team remained undefeated at 4-0 this season with three victories. The women beat Connecticut 200-153, Georgetown 273-80 and Rutgers 209-144. The men’s team split with Connecticut and Georgetown, moving to 2-2 on the season. The Wildcats posted a 190-150 victory over the Hoyas and fell 263-90 to the Huskies. Both teams are back in action Nov. 18 in the Terrapin Cup hosted by Maryland.
West Virginia - The women’s team is 2-3 this season, defeating Rutgers 148-146 Nov. 13. The men’s team took a break this week. During their last outing, the men defeated Cincinnati 195-101 Nov. 6 to improve to 2-1 mark. Both teams compete again at the Nike Cup Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. Nov. 18-20.